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The Angry Silence (1960)

TV-14 | | Drama | 12 December 1960 (USA)
A young factory worker decides to stand up against his workmates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Richard Gregson (original treatment for the screen), Michael Craig (original treatment for the screen) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Tom Curtis
Pier Angeli ... Anna Curtis
Michael Craig ... Joe Wallace
Bernard Lee ... Bert Connolly
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Travers
Penelope Horner ... Pat
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Green
Norman Bird ... Roberts
Gerald Sim ... Masters
Brian Bedford ... Eddie Barrett
Brian Murray ... Gladys
David Jarrett David Jarrett ... Chuck
Oliver Reed ... Mick
Geoffrey Keen ... Davis
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Miss Bennett
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Storyline

The right of every individual to be different from his fellow man is the theme behind this internationally-hailed, British production. The story tells of a man's dilemma when he refused to participate in an unofficial strike, where he works. While vicious, calculated violence brings the other dissenters into line, he goes it alone and is sent to Coventry (given the silent treatment) by his fellow workers. A stirring, thought-provoking movie that portrays the human problems and high emotions generated when a man dares to act on the courage of his convictions, and dares fight to keep his individual freedom. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rough, Tough, Deeply Moving See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Richard Attenborough (Tom Curtis) and Gerald Sim (Masters) were brothers-in-law in real life. Attenborough was married to Sim's elder sister Sheila Sim from 1945 until his death in 2014. See more »

Goofs

The girl lying on the grass with the motorcyclist is flat on her back on the grass then the shot changes and she has her head raised with her head using a tree trunk as a pillow. See more »

Quotes

Anna Curtis: [to Joe] This is a home not a morgue. People talk in this house. They speak to each other. They say, 'good morning' and 'good night.' They don't treat their friends like they have some sort of disease or something.
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Connections

Featured in Richard Attenborough: A Life (2014) See more »

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Rock an' Roll
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Written by Dave Shand
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A minor classic
1 July 2003 | by DadgeSee all my reviews

This film doesn't seem to be very well known but it has a lot to offer.

I've seen 50s/60s comedies based around factories but I can't remember many serious dramas like this. The plot holds few surprises but that leaves plenty of room for us to judge the acting, and I'd say it's consistently good. Richard Attenborough and Pier Angeli are a great combination as the young married couple - it's a shame Pier made so few films in English.

A lot of scriptwriters could do worse than watch this film and learn its lessons about how to tell a story in 90 minutes. And this is a good film for classroom use - leads nicely into a discussion of peer pressure and bullying.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amargo silencio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP98,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Beaver Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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